The Amazing Race 16

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Eric & Lisa — 1st Team Eliminated – 9/27/2009

* – Were eliminated at the starting line as they were unable to locate one of eleven license plates with a specific Japanese symbol in the first task.

Note: They were the first team ever to voluntarily leave the show instead of spending the remainder of the Race at the Elimination Station. As a consequence, they were not present at the Finish Line and had no knowledge of the final outcome of the Race.

Garrett & Jessica — 2nd Team Eliminated – 9/27/2009

1st leg — 8th place

Garrett and Jessica are one of the teams on the fifteenth season of The Amazing Race. The two met on a study abroad program in Barcelona, and while they share a love of traveling, their fierce independence got in the way of their relationship—they have been dating on and off for the past seven years.

Marcy & Ron — 3rd Team Eliminated – 10/4/2009

1st Leg: 4th Place
2nd Leg: 9th Place

Marcy and Ron are one of the teams on the fifteenth season of The Amazing Race. Both in their early 60s, they met through a dating website and have been dating for the past year. They have different approaches to problems but their shared energy fitness might prove to be a weapon in the race.

Zev & Justin — 4th Team Eliminated – 10/11/2009

1st Leg: 2nd Place
2nd Leg: 5th Place
3rd Leg: 8th Place

* – Arrived 1st, but discovered after being checked in at the mat that they were missing Zev’s passport.  (It’s dissapointing) They were required to search for the passport and bring it back to the Pit Stop or else they face elimination. That allows other teams that did not arrived at the Pit Stop yet to check in while they were searching for the passport. Unsuccessful in their search, they returned to the mat after the last team – Maria and Tiffany – checked in, and thus Zev and Justin were eliminated.

Zev and Justin are one of the teams on the fifteenth season of The Amazing Race. The two share a very unique friendship, one that began when they worked as camp counselors.Zev have been diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome, he isn’t great with large numbers of people.

Lance & Keri — 5th Team Eliminated – 10/18/2009

1st Leg: 3rd Place
2nd Leg: 4th Place
3rd Leg: 9th Place
4th Leg: 6th Place

Lance and Keri are one of the teams on the fifteenth season of The Amazing Race. They have known each other for two years, and were recently engaged.

Mika & Canaan — 6th Team Eliminated – 10/25/2009

1st Leg: 10th Place *
2nd Leg: 8th Place
3rd Leg: 7th Place
4th Leg: 7th Place
5th Leg: 7th Place

1st leg : * – Arrived 10th, but had lost one of the tourists that was required to accompany them to the Pit Stop. They had to find their missing tourist before they can check in again. This did not affect their placement.

** – Mika and Canaan proceeded to the Pit Stop having failed to properly complete the Leap of Faith task. Already in last place, they were eliminated..Here’s the video~Watch it.The slide is really stunning…

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Mika and Canaan are one of the teams on the fifteenth season of The Amazing Race. Both from the south, the two met on a quest to pursue a country music career, and have since gone on a relationship.

Maria & Tiffany — 7th Team Eliminated – 11/1/2009

1st Leg: 11th Place/Non-elimination leg *
2nd Leg: 7th Place
3rd Leg: 6th Place
4th Leg: 8th Place
5th Leg: 6th Place
6th Leg: 2nd Place

1st leg : * – Were issued a 2-hour penalty for losing two of their tourists on the way to the Pit Stop; however, since they arrived last and it was a non-elimination leg, they were allowed to check in immediately and the penalty time was assessed at the start of the following leg.

** – Maria & Tiffany failed to complete either Detour task and were issued a 24-hour penalty. Already in last place, Phil came out to their location and eliminated them.

Maria and Tiffany are one of the teams on the fifteenth season of The Amazing Race. Both are no stranger to the public eye, having toured the world and competed in numerous poker championships, recently being the last two women standing in last year’s World Series of Poker.

Gary & Matt — 8th Team Eliminated – 11/15/2009
1st Leg: 7th Place
2nd Leg: 1st Place
3rd Leg: 3rd Place
4th Leg: 4th Place
5th Leg: 4th Place
6th Leg: 5th Place
7th Leg: 4th Place
8th Leg: 5th Place/Non-elimination leg

Gary and Matt are one of the teams on the fifteenth season of The Amazing Race. The father-and-son pair are complete opposites, but nonetheless share their common sense approach to problems, something that should come in handy during the race.

Herbert(FlightTime) & Nathaniel(BigEasy) — 9th Team Eliminated – 11/29/2009

1st Leg: 5th Place
2nd Leg: 3rd Place
3rd Leg: 1st Place
4th Leg: 2nd Place
5th Leg: 3rd Place
6th Leg: 6th Place
7th Leg: 3rd Place
8th Leg: 1st Place
9th Leg: 3rd Place
10th Leg: 3rd Place

* – Big Easy elected to take a 4-hour penalty for his team (at the Roadblock site) for failing to complete the Roadblock. By the time Flight Time and Big Easy arrive at the next Route Marker, at the Kryocentrum, all the other teams had already checked in at the mat. The Kryocentrum clue instructed them to go directly to the Pit Stop, where they were eliminated.

Herbert “Flight Time” and Nathaniel “Big Easy” are one of the teams on the fifteenth season of The Amazing Race. Members of the Harlem Globetrotters, they have gone around the world and amazed fans with their basketball skills and comic timing. They also share the same things in common—two children each, and the same college basketball coach.

Final 3

Brian & Ericka — Third Place

1st Leg: 6th Place
2nd Leg: 10th Place
3rd Leg: 4th Place
4th Leg: 3rd Place
5th Leg: 2nd Place
6th Leg: 4th Place
7th Leg: 5th Place *
8th Leg: 3rd Place
9th Leg: 4th Place
10th Leg: 4th Place/Non-elimination leg
11th Leg: 3rd Place

7th leg :
* – Arrived 5th, but were issued a 30-minute penalty because they did not travel by bicycle to the Detour as instructed in their clue. This did not affect their placement.

Brian and Ericka are one of the teams on the fifteenth season of The Amazing Race. They have been married for over two years now, after having met in college—and seven years of persistence on his part.Ericka is also a former beauty queen, having been crowned as Miss America in 2004.

Sam & Dan — Second place

1st Leg: 9th Place
2nd Leg: 2nd Place
3rd Leg: 5th Place
4th Leg: 1st Place
5th Leg: 5th Place
6th Leg: 3rd Place
7th Leg: 1st Place
8th Leg: 4th Place
9th Leg: 2nd Place
10th Leg: 2nd Place
11th Leg: 2nd Place
Final Leg: 2nd Place

Sam and Dan are one of the teams on the fifteenth season of The Amazing Race. They’re both gay, and will both point at the moment when they both came out to each other as a memorable moment. Since then, they have shared a stronger bond.Their favorite quote is SHUT-UP.


Meghan & Cheyne — Winners

1st Leg: 1st Place
2nd Leg: 6th Place
3rd Leg: 2nd Place
4th Leg: 5th Place
5th Leg: 1st Place with the Fast Forward
6th Leg: 1st Place
7th Leg: 2nd Place
8th Leg: 2nd Place
9th Leg: 1st Place
10th Leg: 1st Place
11th Leg: 1st Place
Final Leg: WINNERS

Meghan and Cheyne met while playing a competitive game of tetherball in elementary school.  After 10 years of friendship, Cheyne realized he could not let the most athletic girl he knew get away.  Other than a six-month period where Meghan studied abroad in Italy, this couple has been essentially inseparable for nearly five years.

Meghan and Cheyne both work in fields where they deal extensively with different publics.  She is an account executive at a public affairs firm and he works for a social change marketing company where he develops after-school programs and deals with a diverse group of teens, school administrators and corporate executives. When not in the office, Meghan can be found coaching competitive girls’ soccer — a sport that she and Cheyne have shared a passion for since they were kids. The couple feels strongly that their occupations and experiences with team sports have taught them effective communication skills and the virtue of patience, which they believe will benefit them in the Race.

THE DEADBOLT: So who did you guys see as your main competition?

CHEYNE: You know, all of the teams were really strong on the starting line and we were like, “Damn, there’s not one weak team.” That’s really how we felt. But as the competition went on, we knew Sam and Dan were competitors, Ericka and Brian always fought and they never gave up, and the Globetrotters were obviously a physical threat as a presence. But I think we really focused on ourselves, so we never worried about another team.

THE DEADBOLT: It didn’t seem like you guys experienced the tactics by Sam and Dan like some of the other teams did. Was it because you were out in front most of the time?

CHEYNE: Yeah, I think that had to do with it. You know what? We really kept up our relations with them and we built friendships that worked big on the show. So although they might’ve stepped on other friends’ toes, I think people weren’t really out to get us in a way. Although we were winning, I think we really – during the downtime – tried to keep up relations, which was a huge part of our strategy.

THE DEADBOLT: When you look back, how do you feel about jumping in the cab and skipping out on the Globetrotters? If you didn’t do that, would it have been different?

CHEYNE: I feel at this point in the race, that was my move. I could’ve been more polite about it and I think that was Meghan’s point. It wasn’t that she didn’t think we should bail out on the Globetrotters, it was that I could’ve been more polite about it.

MEGHAN: Our whole strategy going into the race was that we were going to be a nice team, because there was no reason to be a target. We were already winning legs and that already made us a target. But if we were a rude or obnoxious team winning legs, it would make it even worse. And the Globetrotters are the kind of people where if they get rubbed the wrong way, they make it a personal goal to get that team. So I had no problem taking that cab, I wanted to take that cab.

You know, Flight Time said, “What are you guys doing?” I said, “We’re going to take that cab,” and Cheyne just ignored them. They asked another question and Cheyne just ignored them. I was just trying to do good PR for our team and just tell them, “Hey, we’re going to take this cab. We’ll see you in fifteen minutes when you get there.” I was just trying to be nice. There was no reason to be rude there.

CHEYNE: I was already incensed at Flight for going down the ladder slow, so I didn’t care.

THE DEADBOLT: Cheyne, how did it feel to face your fear of heights at Mandalay Bay?

CHEYNE: Oh man, it was nuts. For the first hundred feet, I did have my eyes closed, because I knew if I didn’t look down and I didn’t look right away that I would have to be already committed and already into it. So I kept my eyes closed for the first little bit and once I opened them I actually enjoyed it. It was pretty crazy going down there although I think my harness wasn’t correct because my feet actually were too far away from the building. So I was hanging there. Actually, it caused me to almost pass out because I wasn’t able to breathe for the last two hundred yards. Meghan could see it on my face, I was gasping for breath as I tried to pull myself down. It was intense and crazy. But looking back, I’m so glad I got to do it.

THE DEADBOLT: Do you feel that there was a turning point in a specific leg where everything came together for you guys as a front running team?

MEGHAN: Yeah. I think a huge turning point in the race was the Fast Forward in Dubai. It was the first time we really got ahead ahead, it set us up for the next leg, and it allowed us to gain confidence for the rest of the race and feel comfortable leading the pack. So it was a huge turning point.

THE DEADBOLT: How did you feel about the hay bales?

MEGHAN: I hated the hay bales, they were awful. It was emotionally and physically draining out there for three and a half hours. There were a hundred and eighty six hay bales and seven flags and it was the most frustrating thing being out there for an hour and fifteen minutes before some of the other teams even arrived. It was just like we were out there unrolling the hay bales and making all of these teams chances of finding a flag a lot better. So it was very, very stressful. I got to the point where I was kind of getting delusional and was like, “I don’t know if I can ever find this thing.” It was very, very tough.

THE DEADBOLT: Was there anything you guys wish we saw that didn’t get aired?

MEGHAN: Yeah, there is. There’s one big thing. It was in Dubai when we took the Fast Forward. Cheyne and I were shocked when we saw this episode, because we had originally decided not to take the Fast Forward. Because I had talked Cheyne into not taking it, I told him, “We are the first group, let’s just be safe. We’re a few minutes ahead of everyone, we’ll just get to the challenge and get it done.” And Cheyne said, “No. This is our opportunity to break free from everyone and get in first place.”

So we went back and forth and decided not to take it and went to a gas station with the other half of the teams that we were with to get directions to the reserve to do the water and earth challenge. I asked, “Do you know where the Autodrome is where the cars were?” He said, “Yeah, sure.” So he started taking us, pulled over and said, “I have to go to work.” He left us in the middle of the desert. So we roamed around the desert for about an hour and had no idea where we were going. He gave us horrible directions. It was literally in the middle of nowhere. So I tracked down a truck and begged him to take us there. He took us there and we had to sit through a thirty minute PowerPoint presentation on the rules of that track. I mean, literally two hours had passed on the Fast Forward.

When we watched the episode, it said, “Meghan and Cheyne are taking the Fast Forward and they arrive at the Autodrome.” It was just like, “Oh my gosh, you’ve got to be kidding me!” I wish that part would’ve aired because I was a little overwhelmed at the race track and I had some tears and stuff. Everybody was like, “What’s her problem? Why is she overwhelmed?” It was just like, “Oh my gosh, you have no idea what we just went through.”

THE DEADBOLT: As a couple, how did it bring you guys together?

CHEYNE: We’ve been friends since elementary school and we were really good friends in high school and we’ve been dating for five years. So it wasn’t really a make or break type situation. It was more like how much closer it’s going to bring us together and it really did bring us closer together. I mean, sharing this was a life changing experience for each of us. Together, as a couple, it’s like having a lifetime of experiences in a month.

THE DEADBOLT: So any wedding plans in Vegas?

CHEYNE: [laughs] I don’t think so. Maybe after we get the check we’ll start thinking about a wedding.